This study analyzes data from hospitals in six states, including Massachusetts, to compare the cost and quality of secondary care for under-65, privately insured patients in Academic Health Centers (AHCs) and non-AHC or community hospitals.
About Jack Needleman
Dr. Jack Needleman is Assistant Professor of Economics and Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Needleman previously was the senior researcher for a two-year research project at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, which examined the impact of organizational form on hospital responses to changing regulatory and market environments. Dr. Needleman has also served as an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University and American University. Prior to corning to Harvard University, Dr. Needleman was Vice President and co-Director of the Public Policy practice at Lewin/ICF, a Washington, D.C., health policy research and consulting firm.
The analysis presented in the paper suggests areas in which caution must be exercised to assure that community benefits provided by nonprofits are preserved in a post-conversion environment, and that full value is realized and appropriately redirected. Nothing in the analysis indicates that nonprofit to for-profit conversion should be barred from consideration in Massachusetts.